With much anticipation leading up to the Minecraft 1.5 Update, gamers are sure to be rejoicing in the block world if they’re not in the realm of Portal 2. Notch and co. (Mojang) have included many updates and changes in the update, which sees the long-awaited addition of statistics, achievements, weather and some new items and game-changes that are sure to spark your interest – and save you some time for you Minecraft macro-miners.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s been brought in for the Minecraft 1.5 Update:

Minecraft Detector Rail Update

The Minecart Detector Rail

It’s not too hard to figure out what this guy does. Similar in creation to a regular track (and as iron-intensive as ever), the detector rail uses redstone and a stone pressure plate to detect when a Minecart of any type goes over it. The signal will be sent to any square adjacent to the railroad cart, and is useful for things like switching tracks ahead, exploding traps and triggering events as you approach a certain spot. As usual, 6 types of this rail will be crafted at once.

Minecraft Power Rail Update

The Powered Mine Cart Rail

Swapping your usual iron supplement for that of gold – which up until now hasn’t had too much major use – you can produce 6 powered rails, which you can use to give your Minecart a boost whenever it travels over them. It was developed as a solution to the inclusion of Minecart Physics Boosts techniques, which will soon be obsolete as Notch fixes Minecraft physics errors. Obviously, you need a redstone connection to trigger whether the rail is powered or not. If left unpowered, it will act as a break.

For optimal boosting, we recommend using one every 32 spaces so the cart doesn’t slow down too much over mostly flat surfaces – obviously, if you’re going uphill, more boosts may be required. Having two power rails boosting next to eachother does not double the speed, as both will set the minecart at the same momentum. Lastly, it should be noted that you can only place these as straight pieces – no speeding up on corners, which usually tends to be a bad idea in any kind of travel.

Minecraft Statistics Update

Tracked Statistics

The long awaited inclusion of statistics is finally here! With it, you not only track (as pictured) your distances, play time, mob kills, server stats and item quantities, but also how many of each item type you’ve mined, used and crafted. The same can be said for tools. The update is a useful feature and will no doubt be used for bragging rights as to who is more active in the game, and to track milestones –  hey, who doesn’t want to know when their millionth piece of cobblestone has been found? It’s not addiction, it’s enthusiasm!

Minecraft Weather Update

Dynamic Weather

A lovely touch to the game is the inclusion of weather. When it rains, you’ll see clouds block the sky and pixel blue streaks begin to fill the air. While it doesn’t affect stretches of ground, a single lower block may be filled to simulate puddles. You’ll see that your crops get wet, wolves shake their fur and fires are put out by mother nature herself. While rain does extinguish regular fires, it does not affect lava, torches or Nether Stone powered flames, whilst everything else will be extinguished. it’s been reported that you have a higher chance of catching fish in the rain as well. You’ll now also have to watch out for thunder, which will occur rarely and randomly, possibly setting wooden structures on fire, or turning innocent little pigs into the same Zombie Pigmen that come from the Nether. Yes, that’s right – you now have another thing to be scared of in Minecraft.

There’s also snowfall, which will cover the ground in a light snow layer and regrow ice on a lake which may have been destroyed. Similarly to rainfall, there is a chance of thunder during this event.

Continue to Page 2 for Minecraft achievements, new tree saplings and other 1.5 update changes and bug fixes!

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